Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 tent review

If your looking for an affordable lightweight tent than the Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 person tent could be the one for you. It's free standing design allows for easy setup in almost any terrain with pole clips that quickly attach to aluminum poles making setup a breeze. The tent walls are partially made of mesh to allow plenty of ventilation especially useful in the summer months. 

Large vestibule with several internal storage areas.

This tent provides a vestibule large enough to store a 65 litre pack plenty of space for all your backpacking gear nicely tucked away from the elements. You will find three mesh pockets inside the tent one being suspended above the head.

3-season tent

Has a sturdy floor made of polyester taffeta with 2000mm coating. Also comes with weatherproof fly buckles for maximum protection. The 75D 185T polyester fly also resists UV damage a great feature with lots of sun about.
The rain fly provides that added protection that's required for the harsher weather, they are durable and quality sealed.

Features and Specs as per Alps Mountaineering site


Free Standing 2 Pole Design with 7000 Series Aluminum Poles
Easy Assembly with Pole Clips
75D 185T Polyester Fly resists UV damage and stays taut
Factory Sealed Fly & Floor Seams give best weather protection
75D 185T Poly Taffeta Floor with 2000mm coating
Extra Large #8 Zippers on Door and Vestibule
Vestibule for gear storage and extra weather protection
Weatherproof Fly Buckles on for maximum adjustability and protection
Half Mesh Walls increase ventilation
Mesh Storage Pockets, Gear Loft, 7075 Aluminum Stakes and Guy Ropes


Base Size: 7'6 x 2'8
Center Height: 3'
Vestibule Depth: 32"
Tent Area: 20 sq. ft.
Vestibule Area: 10 sq. ft.
Tent & Fly Weight: 3 lbs. 8 oz.
Total Weight: 3 lbs. 15 oz.
Packed Size: 6" x 17.5"
Pole Diameter: 8.5 mm


Relatively lightweight
Great in most weather conditions you encounter
Strong design
Great value for money
Easy setup


Considered lightweight but is on the heavy side.
Will just fit one person with not much space other than your sleeping bag.
If you like lot's of headspace this may be an issue.


The Alps Mountaineering Lynx 1 is a very sturdy and basic tent which is a good all rounder. Don't expect anything flashy from this one but as I said earlier for the money you pay is an excellent tent. While researching this tent I found it to be one of the better lightweight tents that should seriously be considered. I liked it's simple and yet durable design, setting up the tent is easy and really important factor to consider in my opinion.

Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3

Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3
Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3

This tent is a 3 person tent and provides '3 season' protection.

The Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL3 has 2 doors and 2 vestibules with plenty of internal storage. The walls are fairly straight so provides a good space inside offering excellent head space. The material seems thin but the it's top quality so no problem with strength, which is what you would expect from a high quality tent such as this. 

The mesh is made of polyester and the tent nylon which offers ample ventilation.

The fly and the floor are made of lightweight silicone with nylon rip-stop. All seams are taped with waterproof solvent-free polyurethane tape. The DAC poles are made from TH72M anodized aluminium(strong but light).

This tent is high quality so expect to pay a little more. Summing up, this tent is a great and wouldn't hesitate to take a closer look, especially for under 300 bucks.
All reviews are are great for this product but there is one small issue I found, check out my thoughts below.

Cramped for 3 people
Great value for money
Lots of head space

Official Specs
Big Agnes
5 lb 2 oz / 2.3 kg
Minimum Weight
4 lb 8 oz / 2 kg
Sleep Capacity
3 Person
Floor Space
43 sq ft / 4 sq m
Vestibule Space
18 sq ft / 1.6 sq m
Max Inside Width
70 in / 178 cm
Max Inside Length
88 in / 224 cm
Head Height
47 in / 119 cm
Packed Size
7 x 21 in / 18 x 53 cm
DAC TH72M aluminum poles
Best Use
Body Material
Lightweight Nylon and Polyester Mesh
Floor Material
Lightweight Silicone Treated Nylon Ripstop with a 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
Rainfly Material
Lightweight Silicone Treated Nylon Ripstop with a 1200mm Waterproof Polyurethane Coating
2 Doors
Seam Taped
3 Season

I like this video, it shows two lads putting this tent together. 

Kelty Salida 2

Kelty Salida 2 tent review

As we know less weight equates to higher price. The Kelty Salida 2 person tent is one that balances both key criteria really well. Priced at around $130 it weighs a mere 3lbs 12oz. That's the weight as quoted by Kelty themselves although this is the unpacked weight. The packed weight figure is around 4lbs 8oz. This makes it ideal for up to 3 day hikes.  Although if you needed to you could replace the tent stakes with titanium sheep hooks which can make the packaged weight lighter.

Kelty Salida 2
Kelty 2 person tent

This tent was winner of the 2011 Backpacker Editor's ChoiceAward,  making it one of the best backpacking tents on the market.

This is a freestanding tent making it a breeze to setup and can be pitched amongst trees and frozen ground.

This tent contains an inner tent and rain fly. The inner tent floor is PU coated and consists of a bath tub floor. 

The rain fly drapes over the inner tent which creates a vestible area that is not huge but there is enough space to cover shoes and backpack quite easily. Each flap of the rain fly can be draped separately to provide more space if needed.

The inner tent has ample space for 2 people and even some gear. You could fit a six foot sleeping bag with room left over. Also contains internal gear loops to hang lighting and other items if needed. The Salida 2 also comes included with gear loft for drying clothing, some other manufactures will charge you extra for this. You will also find mesh pockets in the corners to store small items(nice little feature).

The packed dimensions are 7" by 22" making it a reasonable size for hiking trips.
The pitced tent has a height of 43 inches, a width of 55 inches and length of 88 inches, ideal for 2 people and some gear.

Very easy to setup
Can be setup virtually anywhere
Lot's of mesh ventilation

The vestible space could have been bigger
Slightly on the heavy size for long hikes

Official specs:

  • Seasons: 3
  • Number of doors: 1
  • Number of vestibules: 1
  • Capacity: 2
  • Minimum weight: 3 lb 12 oz / 1.70 kg
  • Packaged weight: 4 lb 8 oz / 2.04 kg
  • Floor area: 30.5 ft2 / 2.83 m2
  • Vestibule area: 10 ft2 / .93 m2
  • Length: 88 in / 223.5 cm
  • Width: 55 / 45 in / 139.7 / 114.3 cm
  • Height: 43 in / 109.22 cm
  • Packed diameter: 7 in / 17.78 cm
  • Packed Length: 22 in / 55.88 cm

Overall this tents is a great 2 person, 3 season tent which is versatile and a good all rounder. The price of around $130 is great value for this good quality tent. As noted earlier it's slightly heavier than the pricier backpacking tents but for the price it's awesome value.

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Coleman Hooligan 2 Backpacking Tent

  • Lightweight, one-pole design tent for two campers
  • Features a full-length rain fly with a large vestibule
  • Coleman's Weather Tec System will keep you dry in wet conditions
  • A mesh inner tent offers maximum ventilation
  • Easy to set up

Coleman Hooligan Backpacking tent for 2